Medieval



of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or in the style of the Middle Ages:
medieval architecture.
Compare .
Informal. extremely old-fashioned; primitive.
Contemporary Examples

When one medieval fiefdom defeated another they would drag back its jewels, gold, tapestries and art objects as the spoils of war.
Brave New Art World Arne Glimcher February 1, 2009

He had a medieval world view in which there were angels and devils and demons and forces all around him all the time.
Murder, Sex, and the Writing Life: Norman Mailer’s Biography Ronald K. Fried November 18, 2013

Huw Edwards on the BBC reports that Kate is apparently a keen student of the medieval language of flowers.
What’s with the Trees? Tom Sykes April 28, 2011

And what Brown means to write is “according to medieval religious doctrine,” not “indoctrination.”
Fact-Checking Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’: 10 Mistakes, False Statements, and Oversimplifications Noah Charney May 19, 2013

The city became and still is the best preserved late medieval Muslim city in existence.
If Jerusalem’s Walls Could Speak Oleg Grabar December 31, 2008

Historical Examples

Would England and the world be better off under the sway of medieval religion than under the influence of modern Protestantism?
A Short History of Monks and Monasteries Alfred Wesley Wishart

It was like trying to storm a medieval fortress with a popgun.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand

It is indeed an ideal situation for a medieval fortress; in plan a rough approximation to the shape of a rather square D.
Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram

As in medieval Europe, the scholars of Asia and Egypt were priests.
The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism Franz Cumont

Probably the business was elaborated for some medieval farce long before Molière was born, or Shakspere either.
Inquiries and Opinions Brander Matthews

adjective
of, relating to, or in the style of the Middle Ages
(informal) old-fashioned; primitive
adj.

1827, “pertaining to or suggestive of the Middle Ages,” coined in English from Latin medium “the middle” (see medium (n.)) + aevum “age” (see eon).

A descriptive term for people, objects, events, and institutions of the Middle Ages.

Note: “Medieval” is sometimes used as a term of disapproval for outdated ideas and customs. It may suggest inhuman practices, such as torture of prisoners. (See Inquisition.)

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